On the occasion of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) 2021, we share Rabbi Mordechai Abergelโ€™s powerful message during the launch of Prof. Paul Hedgesโ€™ new book, Religious Hatred: Prejudice, Islamophobia and Antisemitism in Global Context, held on 4 April, 2021.We stand in solidarity against all forms of hate and prejudice, and we stand together in unity for the good of all.

CIFU Book Launch - Remembering Singapore River: Heritage and Memories of Lives and Leisures

On 31 October 2023 (Tuesday), CIFU launched ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜š๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜™๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ: ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜”๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜“๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด โ€” a chronicle of the river’s vibrant history, which charts an engaging journey through our city-stateโ€™s rich cultural tapestry! ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌโœจ

The bookโ€™s authors, Dr Wong Chee Meng and Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib, shared about how rivers are symbols of identity and continuity. As activist Braema Mathi said during the launch, we carry histories within us โ€” the Singapore River wasnโ€™t just a shipping channel but also a stream of memories, and of diverse ways of life that have cross-crossed and intersected with one another over years. Retired teacher Mr Wong Cheung Pok recounted how the riverโ€”with the Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall at its banksโ€”has been witness to the arts and culture of Singapore for generations. During the community sharing, participantsโ€™ memories, anecdotes, and insights brought the tales of the Singapore River to life: how there used to be a storytelling uncle next to the river who would tell a story for the duration of the time it took for a single joss stick to finish burning; how there was a delicious dessert made of yam and sweet potatoes sold there that you canโ€™t find anymore today; how on rainy days, children used to jump into the river to swim. All these stories testify to the value of our shared memories. ๐ŸŒŠ

The river also prompts deeper questions about memory, heritage, and conservation. How should we choose what to preserve? Who are the custodians of our common heritage? How can we re-imagine the river as a site of renewed cultural diversity, and promote greater inclusivity? This book has prompted deeper conversations that get to the heart about what it means to be Singaporean. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ